For 300 years, from the ninth to the eleventh centuries, the power of the Vikings dominated Western Europe. Their voyaging extended westwards to America and as far south as the Mediterranean and North Africa. As well as being warriors and accomplished seamen, they were jewellers, sculptors and poets of great skill and originality: the forts, town sites, ships, burial mounds, carved stones, place names, sagas, art and artefacts they left behind substantiate their legendary exploits.
This is a revised and updated edition of James Graham-Campbell's authoritative account of the Viking world, based on recent archaeological research, with an important chapter on ships, shipwrights and seamen from Sean McGrail. The text is complemented by a wealth of illustration, including maps and reconstruction drawings. Photographs, many of them especially commissioned, portray the brilliant products of the Vikings' culture and the beauty and harshness of the natural world they faced.
|Publisher:||Frances Lincoln Adult|
|Product dimensions:||6.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
James Graham-Campbell is Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the University of London and specialist in Viking and late Celtic archaeology. He helped set up the first British degree course in medieval archaeology at University College, London.
Sean McGrail is former Visiting Professor of Maritime Archaeology at the University of Oxford.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a high school sophomore and I enjoyed this book immensely. I did not know much about the Vikings beforehand, but this book had a treasure trove of information. I learned about the Vikings first raids in Ireland in 795 BC; how Vikings built their ships (along with diagrams!); and ruin-stones. The books explained the beginning of the Viking Age in 795 BC when the Vikings first invaded Ireland and how it progressed into a society. This book was helpful in understanding their way of life through diagrams and pictures of ship building, homestead layouts and ancient weapons. There were chapters explaining the wars that defined their society and how Vikings explored the world, and their worship of Odin and Thor. The book also taught me about how the Vikings converted into Christianity when they settled in England and Ireland. However, I thought it was boring when the book skipped over details about home life, such as marriage, how children were raised and how social classes defined their society. I would have liked to know more about women's functions in Viking society too. It focused mostly on what food they ate, types of hospitality, and agriculture. I felt that that part of the book dragged on for a bit. Also, I wished had explained more details about how Viking Society functioned and what roles the social classes played in it. All in all, a great general overview of the Viking Age. I would recommend this book to any high school student who is doing a presentation.